Pleasures of Ignorance

In my 14 years of playing card games, Yu-Gi-Oh's general player base is hands down the most ignorant I've encountered. If you don't believe me go ahead and Youtube some videos, I guarantee in about five minutes you'll find something which starts to prove my point.
Now, I'm not claiming to be the be all end all of everything Yu-Gi=Oh, but generally speaking, I know what the bloody hell I'm talking about. Most players are the type to "Speak (or type in many instances) first think later", or even just "Speak now and don't think at all". Do you know how many times I see people saying something along the lines of "Oh my deck is 20-0 on Dueling Network!". Well congrats  simpleton considering  99% of the people on Dueling Network are completely and utterly deficient. More often then not, the common Duelist testing their Decks on Dueling Network, means absolutely nothing.
Players constantly spout things as truths, when in all actuality they have no idea what they are talking about. If it's one thing I hate, it's people open their mouth without having a clue of how things work, or whats really going on.
Recently, my good friend Jarel "Pro" Winston asked a question in one of his videos to another player, "Is it better to play bad, and win, or play flawless and lose?"
The ignorant will always say that "as long as you win, it doesn't matter" or "I won so, I must have made the right play" and that 100 percent is not I repeat NOT TRUE. If you think that get that out of your head RIGHT NOW. I cannot believe the amount of people at my locals, and other tournaments which say this. If you play incorrectly, and win, and dismiss what you did wrong, you will not grow and continue to be a poor player. It's utterly ridiculous how many people that play this game on a premier level, can't outplay their way out of a wet paper bag with scissors, and completely ignore this.
An example which you commonly see today is continuing to Special Summon under "Maxx C". Some players completely disregard the advantage off of "Maxx C" and just say "Screw it I'm going for game anyway". Now when there are times that this is CORRECT,  you simply cannot just think this time after time when getting "Maxx C'ed".
Not too long ago, I witnessed a match in which a Frog Monarch player Maxx C'ed a Synchro Spam player. That player continued to Special Summon, including a "Black Luster Soldier", netting his opponent probably 7 cards while already having 5 or so in hand, and tried to attack for game. Now any well knowledgeable person would assume Frog Monarchs play no Traps cards, and cards like Gorz, Tragoedia, and even Battle Fader, to stop attacks, and capitalize on the following turn with cards like Soul Exchange, and Caius, but in this instance, the Monarch player got extremely unlucky and failed to draw any of these cards out of the 12 or so that he had, thus losing the match.
When I confronted the Synchro player after that game, demanding to know why he did such a play, he simply replied "I was still in good shape even if he could drop Gorz/Trag/Fader" and then continued to say "I won so it obviously was the right thing to do". Dear lord, did I rip him a new one after that.
One of the first things a player has to do to become better, is realize that you will not always make the correct play, you will make mistakes, you will lose because of those mistakes. But by realizing this, you can teach yourself to correct those mistakes making you a better player in the long run.

Something another friend of mine, Dale Bellido, also recently said, was "There are so many power cards, it's hard to clearly state what is a misplay and what isn't. You used to clearly be able to point out "That's a misplay!" but that isn't always the case any longer". It is true and I can somewhat agree with this,  there are many cards that exist which eliminate the skill gab between players which is probably why many people are ignorant about making correct plays. Although still, in my opinion, there is usually an optimal play to make. Making the correct play, to me, usually means "Putting yourself in the best position for the current game state, or future game state", or even both.

Some of you may be confused by this, so let me try and explain. Most times, in Yu-Gi-Oh, you will be playing the for the "Current State" or playing your cards depending on what you and your opponent currently have, while other plays for a "Future State" of play, will be decided by what you or your opponent can/will have in the following turns.

For most players, it is difficult for them to get into the swing of playing for the future, and that's where many of their losses concerning this topic tend to lie. You can be in very bad shape in a game, but still make a play in which if you possibly draw a certain card, this card can allow you to push your way back into the game.  It's always extremely important to realize your outs, and your opponents outs so you can attempt to either efficiently stop as many outs as possible for your opponent, or create MORE outs for yourself.

Concluding my little rant, many people just need to educate themselves (which is why most of you come to ARG! So kudos on being one of the few who want to better their game!) so they can actually comprehend what actual skill is left in this game, and respect the fact that you will be rewarded for making the plays which will benefit you more then others. But keep in mind, even though you make those correct plays, there is always the luck factor as with every game. You can lose, but that's okay! Losing, but making sure you made the perfect plays is what really matters when you get right down to it. So until next time ladies and gents, play hard, or go home.




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